|A BIT ABOUT BUGS
This genus comprises five very small and almost entirely black bugs with rather broad hind femora. Halticus species are similar, but have longer antennae (> body length). The 2nd antennal segment in Chlamydatus is < head width.
C. saltitans has shiny forewings which are black with a brown base and covered in pale hairs. Adults are always brachypterous in UK, the wings reaching mid-abdomen. The hairs on the hind tibia do not arise from large black spots.
A widespread bug, though unobtrusive due to its size. Often found on sparsely vegetated ground, and particulaly associated with clovers and other legumes.
Compare C. pulicarius, C. evanescens, C. pullus, C. wilkinsoni
Adult: June - September
Length c2.5 mm
east London (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
Leeds (June 2008) ©Joe Botting